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Showing posts with label CRB. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 05, 2023

A visit to the Marche Synth Museum


video upload by Guido Scognamiglio

"A visit to the Marche Synth Museum
Museo Del Synth Marchigiano (e Italiano)
July 2023
https://www.museodelsynth.org/"

Some of the synths featured on their site:

Eko Computerrythm
Elka Synthex
CRB Oberon
Crumar Spirit
Farfisa Compact Duo
Welson Symphony
Crumar Compac Synth
CRB Uranus 2
Elka Rhapsody
Farfisa Syntorchestra
Milton Gemichord
Logan String Melody

I also spotted a Welson Syntex recently featured in Hainbach's Blast of Sirens promo video. Solton RSC Polyvox at 1:59.

Vintage Italian synths.

You can find additional posts mentioning Marche Synth Museum here.

Saturday, July 01, 2023

WERSI WERSIMATIC II / CRB OBERON


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"This is an analog auto-accompaniment machine produced by the German organ manufacturer Wersi sometime in the mid-70s. Originally part of a big, dual manual organ called Helios, this auto-comp section was probably removed from the organ and squeezed into a faux Teak cabinet - literally crammed with circuit boards - all beautifully snug inside - a very good job by whoever built it.
We used a ton of effects of this track - most noticeably the Davoli 2K disc echo - insanely rare unit with a Schaller disc unit mounted inside - the very mounted inside the Lombardi mixing desks.
The Digitech Synth Wah is also going strong - an envelope follower pedal on the cheap side.

We're pairing the Wersimatic II with the glorious CRB Oberon - a unicorn of a dual oscillator monophonic synth made in Italy in the late 70s - one of very few still existing.
Lots of fun features it can really sound huge - there's still lots more to explore here

The grey string machine in the video is also marked CRB - a simple, two sounds (violin and cello) string machine, unusually light weight for the oldie it is - the CRB 709.
It's sound is bright and lush - really not at all bad.

Vintage Audio Institute Italia is a gear vendor and recording studio in the hills of Florence."

Additional CRB Oberon posts

Additional WERSIMATIC II posts

Monday, April 24, 2023

YAMAHA CS60 / CRB COMPUTER DRUMS


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"In this video we’re show casing our effects a bit further.
Starting off with room effects:
The Binson Echorec 2 is going strong and feedbacking all over the place.
The Roland Space Eco RE-301 as well.
The red box is an odd one, the Davoli 2K Echo : it’s a mega rare, Italian echo housing a German Schaller Magnetic disc Echo - the same used in Lombardi mixers.
It’s similar to the Binson Echorec 2 in structure, fixed speed 4 punch-in, playback heads but it’s a bit more reliable in sound.

On phasers we’re using the Mooger Fooger MF-103 12 stage phaser on the drums, for a bit of crunch as well.
The Mu-tron phasor II on the clavinet style chords.
And lastly another oddball, the Rotor Monster Compact Phasing - most likely a Vermona prototype of their Vermona phaser, with a few added controls - quite obviously an attempt to esthetically copy the Gerd Schulte Compact Phasing - they’re almost the same size (huge) but sound completely different."

Monday, April 17, 2023

YAMAHA CS60 / CRB COMPUTER DRUMS


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Enjoy another ditty made with these two darlings : THE YAMAHA CS60 and the CRB COMPUTER DRUMS."

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Yamaha CS60 / CRB Computer Drums


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"45 kilos of heavy duty Japanese build quality - we give you the Yamaha CS60.

We just couldn't pass this one on although it's not typically the machine of our choice it sounds incredible. Put on your headphones and you'll get it.

The range of sounds you get out of this synthesizer seems frankly endless and the general interaction with an important instrument always makes us want to sell all our other machines and just keep this one instead. We have to think about this - meanwhile it's going to a Yamaha CS-series specialised repair man for a new ribbon control and a general calibration since it's never been tuned or serviced in its 45 year old life - also kind of incredible - the build-quality is insane.

On drums we got the elusive CRB Computer Drums - the drum section from the Computer Band 2000."

The links directly above will take you to additional posts featuring each.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

INTRODUCING THE CRB COMPUTER DRUMS


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Very obscure rhythm box from 1980 - the CRB Computer Drums is the stand-alone drum machine from the CRB Computer Band 2000. Lovely analog drum sounds - 9 sounds in total - each with its own mute option dip switch.
This makes these machines quite interesting, we would have preferred individual volume sliders instead but there probably wasn't enough free real estate for that.
One rhythm preset at a time - no mixing and matching.

20 rhythm pattern presets rock, mambo - you name it.
An additional 20 pattern variations - selectable to occur either on every 4th or 8th bar.
And last but not least, a Break button with an additional 20 fill-ins.
So this little box actually sports 60 rhythm patterns in total.

Have a look at our other CRB-related videos - they made a small production run of cool gear in the late 70s and early 80s of which few units survive today."

You can find additional drums featuring the CRB COMPUTER DRUMS here.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

CRB Voco Strings and CRB Computerband 2000


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"CRB Elettronica was one of many organ manufacturers in the Marche region in Italy in the 1970s.
They did however branch out to produce a very limited number of synthesizers and drum machines for a domestic market where, due to a weak lira and high import taxes, synths manufactured in Japan and America were rare treats.
Speaking of rare - these CRB machines are today incredibly so - having already been manufactured in numbers in the low hundreds - very few survive today.

The CRB Computer Band 2000 is an analog auto-accompaniment unit with a range of chord and arpeggiator sounds.

1. Analog Drum Machine Section with individually mutable sounds
2. Bass section with three sounds and two modes
3. Two separate chord sections with a total of seven sounds, decay and volume controls.
4. And at last the arpeggiator section with four different sounds and decay control.

These sections were originally made for big home-organs, they're incorporated into the CRB 910 organs and a few Solton branded ones as well.

The CRB Voco Strings is an Italian take on the Roland VP-330 - a string and vocoder machine. It has a great sounding string section as a carrier - maybe one of the very sweetest sounding string machines that came out of Italy?
Change my mind in the comment section :)

In this video we're letting the CRB Voco strings process the CRB Computer Band 2000 via the audio input. During the first two compositions, a third player, the Siel Cruise - a lovely Mono / Poly machine, is connected as an external carrier signal instead of the Voco-Strings String Sounds, via the external instrument input in the back.

This video is a compilation of previously released videos on our channel - there are lots more videos of the Computerband 2000 unit as well.

The CRB Computerband unit is currently for sale on Reberb."

See the CRB label below for more.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

CRB Computerband 2000


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Introducing the wonderful CRB Computer Band 2000 - a mainly analog auto-accompaniment machine from the the late 70s and early 80s with four sections:

1.Drums with individually mutable sounds and fill-in and variation options
2.Bass section with three sounds, decay controls and two modes
3.Two chord sections with a total of seven sounds, decay and volume controls.
4. And an arpeggiator with four different sounds and decay control.

A great song writing tool when you're stuck and simply a very inspiring instrument, the sounds on these are really cool.

The Computerband 2000 was originally made for big home-organs, they're incorporated into the CRB 910 organs and a few Solton branded ones as well.
These stand-alone units are very rare."

Addtiional CRB Computerband 2000 posts

Monday, November 21, 2022

Vintage Rhythm Boy 480

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via this auction

Brand: CRB
Exact Year: 1971
Country/Region of Manufacture: Italy

Moby owned one.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

V.A.I. 80 CRB Voco Strings / CRB Computer Band 2000


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"The CRB Voco Strings is an Italian take on the Roland VP-330 - a string and vocoder machine. It has a great sounding string section as a carrier - maybe one of the sweetest sounding string machines that was made in Italy? Change my mind in the comment section :)

The CRB Computer Band 2000 is an analog auto-accompaniment machine with a range of chord and arpeggiator sounds with decay controls, as well as a bass section and a drum machine with individually mutable sounds.

For phasing we pulled out a Schulte Compact Phasing A - kind of a legendary german (duh) effect that still mystifies us a bit - sometimes it's amazingly swoopy - and sometimes it doesn't really do that much at all, no matter how hard you tweak those dials."

Thursday, September 08, 2022

V.A.I. 78 : CRB VOCO STRINGS / CRB COMPUTERBAND 2000 / SIEL CRUISE


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"CRB Elettronica was one of many organ manufacturers in the Marche region in Italy. Starting in the mid 70s they did however branch out to produce a very limited number of synthesizers and drum machines for a domestic market where, due to a weak lira and high import taxes, Japanese or American manufactured synths were rare treats.

The CRB Computer Band 2000 is an analog auto-accompaniment machine with a range of chord and arpeggiator sounds with decay controls, as well as a bass section and a drum machine with individually mutable sounds.

The CRB Voco Strings is an Italian take on the Roland VP-330 - a string and vocoder machine.

In this video we're letting the CRB Voco strings process the CRB Computer Band 2000 via the regular audio input, while a third player, the Siel Cruise, a lovely Mono / Poly machine, is connected as an external carrier signal, via the instrument input."

Thursday, September 01, 2022

A Visit the Italian Synth Museum


video upload by Alex Ball

You can find additional posts featuring the museum here.

"Whilst taking a holiday in Italy we stopped off at Museo del Synth Marchigiano for a couple of days and this is the account of what I experienced there.

Enormous thanks to everyone at the museum, particularly Riccardo and Paolo.

https://www.museodelsynth.org/

0:00 Intro
1:19 Synket
4:40 EKO Computerhythm
8:01 Chilton Talentmaker
12:07 Crumar Compac Synth
13:41 Crumar DP-50
15:07 Elkatwin 61
16:29 Elka Synthex
19:38 CRB Oberon
21:29 CRB Voco Strings
22:53 CRB Uranus 2.0
24:34 Farfisa Polychrome
25:24 Logan Piano Strings Synthesizer
27:10 Welson Syntex
28:28 Keytek CTS-2000
29:47 Baleani Solista"

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

V.A.I. 77 : CRB VOCO STRINGS / CRB COMPUTERBAND 2000 / SIEL CRUISE


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Combining two very rare oddballs - both manufactured by CRB Elettronica in the late 1970s : The CRB Computer Band 2000 and the CRB Voco Strings.

The Computer Band 2000 is an analog auto-accompaniment machine with a range of chord and arpeggiator sounds with decay controls, as well as a bass section and a drum machine with individually mutable sounds.

The Voco Strings is CRBs take on the Roland VP-330 - a string and vocoder machine. Were there any other commercially produced vocoders in Europe apart from this one and the Sennheiser VSM-201? Let us know in the comment section.

We're letting the CRB Voco strings process the Computer Band, via the regular audio input, while a third player, the Siel Cruise, a lovely Mono / Poly machine, is connected as an external carrier signal, via the instrument input.

More videos of this lovely combination will be going up soon.

Vintage Audio Institute is a gear vendor and recording facility in Florence Italy."

Monday, June 13, 2022

1980 CRB Computer Drums

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via this auction

"This is an incredibly rare drum machine that’s a bit more versatile than other Italians : it has mute options for each individual sound, two variation pattern modes and a break button. The machine is in stunning condition, just one small dent on the front that's hard to spot. There are a few plastic attachments missing on the top, hence the holes. It’s just back from service but one of the cymbal sounds doesn’t seem to work, should be an easy fix. We have to mention that the cymbal is used rarely in the patterns, so rare that our tech and we ourselves didn’t realize it wasn’t there when we tried it. It has a second cymbal sound that’s almost identical.

220 volt
Italian 3-prong power plug"

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Crb Elettronica Oberon Italian Vintage Synthesizer


video upload by Riccardo Pietroni

"Some sounds recorded by Crb Oberon, one of the rarest and most exotic Italian electronic instruments.

This particular unit was found completely empty and without the internal cards and was totally rebuilt by the 'Museo del Synth Marchigiano'."

Addtional CRB Oberon posts

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Unisono#1 - Music for 1 note & 7 Synths


video upload by VSMI - Vintage Synths Made in Italy

"Music for 1 Note & 7 Synths Made in Italy playing in Unisono
/ CRB Vocostrings - Welson Syntex - Jen Synx-508 - Crumar Composer - Jen SX1000 - Elka Synthex - Keytek CTS2000"

Friday, February 11, 2022

V.A.I. 67 CRB Computerband 2000 / CRB Oberon


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Another little track we threw together with these rare oddballs.
The CRB Computerband 2000 is a four section auto-accompaniment stand-alone unit usually built in to big, furniture style home organs.
The CRB Oberon is a monophonic synthesizer made in a very limited run by the same company around the same time. It has two oscillators plus an added 3rd more limited and with 4 footages it can get quite big, but this time around we wanted a more delicate lead sound out of it."

Saturday, February 05, 2022

V.A.I. 65 : CRB Computerband 2000 / EKOSynth


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Another demonstration of the marvellous CRB Computerband 2000 - an auto-accompaniment machine with 4 sections made by organ manufacturer CRB in the Marche region of Italy.
This time we paired it with the EkoSynth, a quite rare monophonic preset synth from the mid 1970s made by Italian guitar and amp manufacturer EKO. This is a unique sounding synth compared to many other Italian monophonics of the era, the filter is special, really not bad, so you can get a lot of different sounds out of this machine."

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

V.A.I. 64 - CRB Oberon / CRB Computerband 2000


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Another little video with some neat CRB equipment, the CRB Oberon is a two oscillator monophonic synth from the late 70s.
The CRB Computerband 2000 came out a few years later and is a classic auto accompaniment machine with 4 sections"

Note it's branded Computer Band 2000.

Monday, January 24, 2022

V.A.I. 63 CRB Computer Band 2000 / CRB Oberon


video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Introducing the wonderfully quirky CRB Computer Band 2000 - a mainly analog auto accompaniment machine from the early 80s with four sections:

1.Drums with individually mutable sounds
2.Bass section with three sounds and two modes
3.Two chord sections with a total of seven sounds, decay and volume controls.
4. And an arpeggiator with four different sounds and decay control.

These sections were originally made for big home-organs, they're incorporated into the CRB 910 organs and a few Solton branded ones as well.
The stand-alone units are quite rare.
The CRB Oberon is a two oscillator monster synth from roughly the same era, it has some interesting features and is probably the most complicated Italian mono synths out there."
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